From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crawfish \Craw"fish`\ (kr[add]"f[i^]sh`), Crayfish \Cray"fish`\
   (kr[=a]"f[i^]sh`), n.; pl. -fishes or -fish. [Corrupted
   fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. ['e]crevisse, fr.
   OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See Crab. The ending -fish
   arose from confusion with E. fish.] (Zool.)
   Any decapod crustacean of the family Astacid[ae] (genera
   Cambarus and Cambarus), resembling the lobster, but
   smaller, and found in fresh waters. Crawfishes are esteemed
   very delicate food both in Europe and America. The North
   American species are numerous and mostly belong to the genus
   Cambarus. The blind crawfish of the Mammoth Cave is
   Cambarus pellucidus. The common European species is
   Astacus fluviatilis.

   Syn: crawdad, crawdaddy.
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   2. tiny lobsterlike crustaceans usually boiled briefly.

   Syn: crawdad, ecrevisse.
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   3. a large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace
      but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters.

   Syn: spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crayfish, sea
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fish \Fish\ (f[i^]sh), n. [F. fiche peg, mark, fr. fisher to
   A counter, used in various games.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fish \Fish\, n.; pl. Fishes (f[i^]sh"[e^]z), or collectively,
   Fish. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch,
   OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk,
   Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. Piscatorial. In some
   cases, such as fish joint, fish plate, this word has prob.
   been confused with fish, fr. F. fichea peg.]
   1. A name loosely applied in popular usage to many animals of
      diverse characteristics, living in the water.
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   2. (Zool.) An oviparous, vertebrate animal usually having
      fins and a covering scales or plates. It breathes by means
      of gills, and lives almost entirely in the water. See
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   Note: The true fishes include the Teleostei (bony fishes),
         Ganoidei, Dipnoi, and Elasmobranchii or Selachians
         (sharks and skates). Formerly the leptocardia and
         Marsipobranciata were also included, but these are now
         generally regarded as two distinct classes, below the
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   3. pl. The twelfth sign of the zodiac; Pisces.
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   4. The flesh of fish, used as food.
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   5. (Naut.)
      (a) A purchase used to fish the anchor.
      (b) A piece of timber, somewhat in the form of a fish,
          used to strengthen a mast or yard.
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   Note: Fish is used adjectively or as part of a compound word;
         as, fish line, fish pole, fish spear, fish-bellied.
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   Age of Fishes. See under Age, n., 8.

   Fish ball, fish (usually salted codfish) shared fine, mixed
      with mashed potato, and made into the form of a small,
      round cake. [U.S.]

   Fish bar. Same as Fish plate (below).

   Fish beam (Mech.), a beam one of whose sides (commonly the
      under one) swells out like the belly of a fish. --Francis.

   Fish crow (Zool.), a species of crow (Corvus ossifragus),
      found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It feeds
      largely on fish.

   Fish culture, the artifical breeding and rearing of fish;

   Fish davit. See Davit.

   Fish day, a day on which fish is eaten; a fast day.

   Fish duck (Zool.), any species of merganser.

   Fish fall, the tackle depending from the fish davit, used
      in hauling up the anchor to the gunwale of a ship.

   Fish garth, a dam or weir in a river for keeping fish or
      taking them easily.

   Fish glue. See Isinglass.

   Fish joint, a joint formed by a plate or pair of plates
      fastened upon two meeting beams, plates, etc., at their
      junction; -- used largely in connecting the rails of

   Fish kettle, a long kettle for boiling fish whole.

   Fish ladder, a dam with a series of steps which fish can
      leap in order to ascend falls in a river.

   Fish line, or Fishing line, a line made of twisted hair,
      silk, etc., used in angling.

   Fish louse (Zool.), any crustacean parasitic on fishes,
      esp. the parasitic Copepoda, belonging to Caligus,
      Argulus, and other related genera. See Branchiura.

   Fish maw (Zool.), the stomach of a fish; also, the air
      bladder, or sound.

   Fish meal, fish desiccated and ground fine, for use in
      soups, etc.

   Fish oil, oil obtained from the bodies of fish and marine
      animals, as whales, seals, sharks, from cods' livers, etc.

   Fish owl (Zool.), a fish-eating owl of the Old World genera
      Scotopelia and Ketupa, esp. a large East Indian
      species (K. Ceylonensis).

   Fish plate, one of the plates of a fish joint.

   Fish pot, a wicker basket, sunk, with a float attached, for
      catching crabs, lobsters, etc.

   Fish pound, a net attached to stakes, for entrapping and
      catching fish; a weir. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.

   Fish slice, a broad knife for dividing fish at table; a
      fish trowel.

   Fish slide, an inclined box set in a stream at a small
      fall, or ripple, to catch fish descending the current.

   Fish sound, the air bladder of certain fishes, esp. those
      that are dried and used as food, or in the arts, as for
      the preparation of isinglass.

   Fish story, a story which taxes credulity; an extravagant
      or incredible narration. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett.

   Fish strainer.
      (a) A metal colander, with handles, for taking fish from a
      (b) A perforated earthenware slab at the bottom of a dish,
          to drain the water from a boiled fish.

   Fish trowel, a fish slice.

   Fish weir or Fish wear, a weir set in a stream, for
      catching fish.

   Neither fish nor flesh, Neither fish nor fowl (Fig.),
      neither one thing nor the other.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fish \Fish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fished; p. pr. & vb. n.
   1. To attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish,
      by any means, as by angling or drawing a net.
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   2. To seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to
      draw forth; as, to fish for compliments.
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            Any other fishing question.           --Sir W.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fish \Fish\, v. t. [OE. fischen, fisken, fissen, AS. fiscian;
   akin to G. fischen, OHG. fisc?n, Goth. fisk?n. See Fish the
   1. To catch; to draw out or up; as, to fish up an anchor.
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   2. To search by raking or sweeping. --Swift.
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   3. To try with a fishing rod; to catch fish in; as, to fish a
      stream. --Thackeray.
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   4. To strengthen (a beam, mast, etc.), or unite end to end
      (two timbers, railroad rails, etc.) by bolting a plank,
      timber, or plate to the beam, mast, or timbers, lengthwise
      on one or both sides. See Fish joint, under Fish, n.
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   To fish the anchor. (Naut.) See under Anchor.
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